14 October 2005
By Kate Buchanan
Lisa Wishart-Wyeth has no face to recall, no name to pay tribute to. But the teenage girl that fills her thoughts bestowed the Otatara woman with the ultimate gift – a set of healthy lungs that saved her life.
“Sometimes at night when I can’t sleep, I lie there and can feel the rise and fall of my lungs and I think about her and wonder what she was like,” Lisa Wishart-Wyeth said.
Mrs Wishart-Wyeth is one of just nine New Zealanders to undergo a lung transplant operation last year.
“It’s my duty now to protect these lungs, not only for myself but for her and her wishes,” she said.
Mrs Wishart-Wyeth, 38, was diagnosed 11 years ago with the rare and fatal lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis, or LAM.
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